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Pet Health - Cats

We recommend scheduling your kitten in for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Kittens typically require 3 visits about 1 month apart, to complete their vaccinations and deworming. During your kitten’s first appointment, you will receive a complimentary kitten kit with a bag of Hills Healthy Advantage Kitten food, behavioural training tools, as well as information on preventative healthcare.

Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new family member against Rabies and Panleukopenia (Distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). In addition, we will recommend a fecal sample to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.

Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is treated, you can keep your entire family safe.

We recommend spaying or neutering your pet at six months of age. Spaying your female cat helps prevent uterine infections and decreases the risk of cancer, especially doing it before their first heat. Neutering your male cat prevents testicular cancer as well as other prostate problems. It also reduces undesirable behaviors caused by high levels of testosterone.